nothing you can do that can't be done. Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy. Nothing
you can make that can't be made. No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It's easy. All you
need is love. All you need is love. All you need is love, love. Love is all you
From the beginning
of recorded history music in some form or another has told the story of life and
it's beauty, wonder, struggles, and causes.
From the love
between the man and a woman to the oppression of people- music and song have
supplied the soundtrack to life.
authority and the status quo that often is misdirected, misinformed and in some
cases just plain wrong.
In modern times
because of the advancement in telecommunications music took on an even more
important place in the world. In other words the volume could be cranked up
During the 1950's,
the average age of music record buyers decreased from the early 20s into the
teens. During the first half of the decade "mood" music was popular.
Liberace, Mitch Miller, Harry Belefonte and others sold many
A new sound became
extremely popular in the 1950's. Allen Freed coined the term "Rock and
Roll" to describe the new wild sound . Teenagers turned some of these rock
and rollers into overnight celebrities. Names like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and
the Comets, Chuck Berry, The Platters, Fabian and Frankie Avalon were just some
of the many.
was a television show that aired from 1952 to 1989, hosted until its final
season by Dick Clark( America's Oldest Teenager") , who also served as
producer. It originally started in Philadelphia. American Bandstand first aired
on the ABC network on Monday, 5 August 1957, becoming one of a handful of local
origination programs to broadcast nationally. Initially, the program ran Monday
through Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M., EST. The program was broadcast daily
American Bandstand brought rock 'n' roll music into millions of
households. It showed Americans how to do the latest dance steps and introduced
performers to the country.
When Dick Clark
started hosting Bandstand in 1956, he insisted on racially integrating the
show, thus providing American television broadcasting with its most visible
ongoing image of ethnic diversity.
Clark would often
interview the teenagers about their opinions of the songs being played, most
memorably through the "Rate-a-Record" segment (to which the phrase
"It's got a good beat and you can dance to it" is credited)
Stax Records is an
American record label, originally based out of Memphis, Tennessee. The label was
founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart as Satellite Records. In 1961, upon realizing
that there was another record company named Satellite, the label changed its
name to "Stax," a portmanteau of the names of the two original owners
of the company: Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton. Stax was a major
factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles, and
frequently released early funk and 1960s Chicago blues recordings. While Stax
was involved almost exclusively in the production of African-American music, the
label is noted for having several popular ethnically-integrated bands.
In 1960, Elvis returned to the
music scene from the US Army, joining the other white male vocalists at the top
of the charts; Bobby Darin, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Anka, Del Shannon
and Frankie Avalon. America, however, was ready for a change.
Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as
the first record label owned by an African American and primarily featuring
African American artists to regularly achieve crossover success and have a
widespread, lasting effect on the music industry and society in general. Incorporated on January 12, 1959
by Berry Gordy, Jr. as Tamla Records, Motown has, over the course of its
history, owned or distributed releases from more than 45 subsidiaries in varying
genres, although it is most famous for its releases in the musical genres of
R&B, pop, and soul music.
The Tamla Motown Record Company
came on the scene, specializing in black rhythm and blues, aided in the
emergence of female groups such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha and the
Vandellas, the Supremes, and Aretha Franklin, as well as Smoky Robinson,
James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and the Temptations.
Bob Dylan helped bring about a
folk music revival, along with Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. The Beach
Boys began recording music that appealed to"California
Beatles Early 1960's
The Beatles, from England, burst
into popularity with innovative rock music that appealed to all ages. The
Beatles were the first of many groups to come to The United States during
"The British Invasion".
Peter and Gordon ("A World Without
Love"), the Animals ("House of the Rising Sun"), Manfred Mann
("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"), Petula Clark ("Downtown"), Freddie
and the Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now"), Wayne Fontana and the
Mindbenders ("Game of Love"), Herman's Hermits ("Mrs. Brown
You've Got a Lovely Daughter"), the Rolling Stones ("I Can't Get No
Satisfaction" and others), the Troggs ("Wild Thing"), and
Donovan's ("Sunshine Superman") all topped Billboard's singles chart.
There was a major change in
popular music in the mid-1960's, caused in part by the drug scene. Acid Rock,
highly amplified and improvisational, and the more mellow psychedelic rock
When the Beatles turned to acid
rock, their audience narrowed to the young. Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful
Dead grew out of the counterculture in 1967.
The musical phenomena of the
decade was Woodstock, a three day music festival that drew 400,000 people and
featured peace, love, and happiness...and LSD.
By the end of the decade, popular
music was also using synthesizers and other electronic devices.
Beatles Late 1960's
By the 1970's, the term
"rock & roll" had become nearly meaningless. This decade saw the
breakup of the Beatles and the death of Elvis Presley. Pop music splintered into
a multitude of styles: soft-rock, hard rock, country rock, folk rock, punk rock,
shock rock .R&B, Funk and Disco were also popular during the decade.
Soul Train began airing in
selected cities across the United States, on a weekly basis, on October 2,
1971.During the heyday of Soul Train in the 1970s and 1980s, the program was
widely influential among younger black Americans, many of whom turned to it not
only to hear the latest songs by well-known black artists but also for clues
about the latest fashions and dance trends. Moreover, for many white Americans
in that era who were not living in areas that were racially diverse, Soul Train
provided a unique window into black culture.
Don Cornelius, creator, executive
producer and the host introduced the world to "The Soul Train Dancers"
and the "Soul Train Scramble Board", where two dancers are given sixty
seconds to unscramble a set of letters which form the name of that show's
performer or a famous person in African American history. Near the
program's conclusion, there is also the popular "Soul Train Line", in
which all the dancers form a two lines with space in the middle for individual
dancers to strut down and dance in consecutively. Sometimes, new dance styles or
moves are featured or introduced by particular dancers.
In The 1980's Cable was born and
MTV, originally intended to be promos for albums, had an enormous impact on music
and young people. The digital compact disc (cd) revolutionized the music
industry. Dances learned on MTV included slam dancing, lambada, and break
rock, new wave, punk, country, and especially rap or hip hop became popular in
the 80s. Rap was new in the late 80s and 90s.
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In The 1990's there were more
music choices available than ever, although radio stations tended to find a
niche and stick to it rather than playing a mix. Latino music grew in
popularity. Country became more mainstream, and Grunge and Gangsta Rap appeared.
R&B and hip-hop remained popular.
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The recording industry faced
severe tribulation as CD burners became commonplace. It was easy to make a high
quality copy of a CD.
Napster, Morpheus and Kazaa
offered online file sharing, in effect offering free downloads of music to
anyone wanting to copy it. The recording industry, seeing falling sales, fought
back with lawsuits.
Marley's songs of resolution, rebellion and justice finding audiences the world
over. As Robert Palmer wrote in a tribute to Marley upon his induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, "No one in rock and roll has left a musical
legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways.
was particularly moved throughout his career by the gulf between haves and
have-nots, a culture of oppression that was particularly glaring in his poverty-
and crime-ridden Jamaican homeland. "We should all come together and creative
music and love, but [there] is too much poverty," Marley told writer Timothy
White in 1976. "The most intelligent people [are] the poorest people...[but]
people don't get no time to feel and spend [their] intelligence...The
intelligent and innocent are poor, are crumbled and get brutalized. Daily."
1990 Rock the Vote was founded by members of the recording industry in response
to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression. Rock the Vote
expanded its focus to the political empowerment of young Americans.
1998 Rock the Vote expanded both its focus and organization and rewrites its
mission statement accordingly, dedicating itself to protecting freedom of
expression, and helping young people realize and utilize their power to affect
change in the civic and political lives of their communities.
Rock the Vote
and MTV have joined to register thousands of people to vote.
February 14,2002 MTV hosted an international
Global Discussion with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Young people from
around the world from the US, India, the Middle East, Italy, UK/Ireland, Brazil
and Russia asked questions regarding world issues and events affecting us
all today. For the full transcript click the link below-
Change is a national, non-partisan and non-profit organization created to
educate, motivate, and empower the more than 42 million Americans aged 18 to 30
that are eligible to vote --also known as the "forgotten ones."
by businessman, entertainer, actor, producer and designer Sean "P. Diddy"
Combs, Citizen Change has one mission: to make voting relevant to
a generation that hasn't reached full participation in the political process.
Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas' vision is that of a socially conscious Hip Hop Group.
one of their top hits they put across the simple statement-
"if you only got love for your own ways then you only leave space to
discriminate and to discriminate only generates hate and
when you hate, then you're bound to get irate madness is what you
demonstrate". They pose the question- Where is the love?
Day sings of the choices young people must make on their album "American
not a part of a redneck agenda. Now everybody do the propaganda. And sing along
in the age of paranoia. Welcome to a new kind of tension. All across the
alienation. Everything isn't meant to be okay. Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow. For that's enough to argue. Don't
wanna be an American idiot. One nation controlled by the media. Information age
of hysteria. It's calling out to idiot America."
day is trying to make the point that you must think for yourself and not be
influenced by other forces other than your own moral compass.
Jam, Merle Haggard, Neil Young, the Dixie Chicks, Pink and the Rolling Stones
all have released songs protesting the war in Iraq and the Bush administration in Washington.
we listen to music changes as time goes by but the relevance of music remains a